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Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant

May 17, 2015
DEC issues water permits for AIM; Title V air permits sent to EPA for approval

Dear Friends,

The NYS DEC issued the water permits for the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project yesterday and sent the Title V air permits to the EPA for review (45 days). Please see the response to comments, attached. Their response to comments shows that they are continuing with business as usual and missed the point that New York State has the power to raise the bar rather than relying on the inadequate regulations that exist today. They refer to National Ambient Air Quality Standards and cite the FEIS and dismiss substantive points made by health professionals, air experts and wetlands experts.
This comes as a huge disappointment because of the momentum we felt we were gaining due to the coordinated efforts at the successful press conference in Albany on April 27. We all implored our state to acknowledge the peer-reviewed science and growing evidence documenting health impacts from the entire lifecycle of shale gas development. The Medical Society of the State of New York passed a resolution the following weekend affirming the need for a cumulative, independent Health Impact Assessment. Members of some of the groups were having conversations with staff at the DEC about the existing infrastructure and the need for continuous air monitoring and improved notification systems, as well as health surveys. Despite all of this, the NYC DEC refused to hold an issues conference/adjudicatory hearing. We are assessing next steps.
Meanwhile, SAPE and the other groups in the area continue to raise awareness about the potential for catastrophe due to the proximity of the new 42 inch diameter gas pipeline that is sited only 105 feet from vital structures needed to prevent a core meltdown at Indian Point. The transformer fire this past weekend and the resulting oil spill in the Hudson have raised the profile of the problems at the plant. There must be an independent risk assessment conducted immediately and FERC must rescind its approval of the AIM project based on an inadequate and illegal process used to assess risk. The Truthout article by Ellen Cantarow captures the situation well:http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30234-doing-the-unthinkable-giant-gas-pipeline-to-flank-a-new-york-nuclear-power-plant.  Assemblywoman Galef and Cortlandt Supervisor Puglisi wrote excellent letters to the editor on this topic. 
 
Please continue to call Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, Congresswoman Lowey, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio asking them to use the power of their offices to protect the safety of the 20 million residents within a 50 mile radius of the Indian Point nuclear facility. You can find the call-in information on the website www.sape2016.org. Also, please attend the NRC Annual Meeting on May 20 from 7-9 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel, 670 White Plains Rd. Grand Ballroom, Tarrytown, NY. Please arrive by 6:00 to sign up for a speaking slot. 
Best,
SAPE Co-Founders Suzannah Glidden, Paula Clair, Susan McDonnell, Jerry Ravnitzky, Marian Rose, Susan Van Dolsen and Ellen Weininger
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